Marley Helped Olympic Staging (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has credited Bob Marley’s song Three Little Birds for helping him to cope with the pressures surrounding the staging of the London Olympics.
The mayor was speaking at a reception he hosted on Monday at City Hall to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
In the weeks leading up to the Olympics, the city faced a number of challenges including a threatened bus strike, protest by taxi drivers, closure of a major road link, as well as issues with the security firm.
Mayor Johnson said the popular song by the late Jamaican reggae icon, especially the chorus: “don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be all right”, helped him when dealing with these issues.
Shawn Storm says he’s not ‘mental’… in letter to fans (The Jamaica Star)
With over one year since his incarceration, Gaza artiste Shawn ‘Sivva’ Storm has put pen to paper and has written a letter to his fans.
For months, rumours have been circulating that the Portmore Empire artiste, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, has been suffering from a mental illness since his arrest.
Bermudan reggae phenom Collie Buddz makes a play for creative independence (Flagstaff Live)
Born in New Orleans and hailing from Bermuda, Colin Harper, a.k.a. Collie Buddz, has no shortage of culture. From taking piano lessons, to the 2007 smash hit “Come Around” and having that song remixed by the likes of Busta Rhymes and the G-Unit, Harper has enjoyed growth and continued success in the music industry. Now independent, he shows no signs of slowing or stopping.
Snoop Dogg Premieres ‘La La La’ Music Video Under Snoop Lion Alias (Entertainment Wise)
Snoop Dogg has finally debuted new music under his Snoop Lion alias with reggae track ‘La La La’.
The video sees Snoop Lion interact with children and talk about his name change and ask them which name they prefer.He then proceeds to dress up as a lion in the setting of a jungle as the children follow him around in their own wild animal costumes.
Snoop recently explained his reincarnation as a reggae artitst, explaining that he wants to “glamourise” the genre.
The Green return to Southern California with ‘Liars & Lovers’ (The Examiner)
Reggae band The Green return to the West Coast for a trio of House of Bluesperformances across Southern California this week. The Hawaiian quartet will play the West Hollywood venue tomorrow, November 1, followed by a night at San Diego’s Friday, November 2, and closing the week at the Anaheim club on Saturday, November 3. “L.A. is one of those places that is like a second home to us,” The Green guitarist and vocalist Zion Thompson tells The Examiner. “We always look forward to coming back and seeing our friends and family ’cause we have a lot there. It’s hard for us not to have a good time! Also, getting to rock the House of Blues is gonna be a treat in itself.”
Soaring Temperature – Sean Paul (The Indian Express)
Ahead of his first performance in India, Grammy-winning reggae artiste Sean Paul talks about a new sound, his water polo days and zardozi work.
Roll back in memory and stop right at 2002. Now, try to recall the music that “the generation in baggy pants” was listening to. Justin Timberlake was crooning Cry me a river after his break-up with pop princess Britney Spears, Coldplay released their epic track The Scientist and Linkin Park’s In the end defined their rock identity. Away from the big names, controversial break-ups and cult songs, a dancehall artiste sneaked in and made us dance to those addictive Jamaican reggae beats with Get busy and Gimme the light. This was 29-year-old Sean Paul, the man who re-introduced reggae and dancehall and the cheesy “eh-ohs” to the international music arena.
Twin of Twins to unveil ‘Stir It Up’ Volume 10 this month, offer prelude to CD (The Examiner)
Prominent comedic duo turned deejays, Twin of Twins will aim to satisfy fans ahead of the release of their milestone volume of the Stir It Up series with a prelude to the highly-anticipated CD.
The Twins, Patrick ‘Curly Lox’ Gaynor and Paul ‘Tu-Lox’ Gaynor are planning to unveil volume 10 of their skit-laden series, Stir It Up at the end of this month. However, the duo will release a prelude to Stir It Up Vol. 10 this week, dubbed Stir It Up: Vol. 9 ½.